Boris Johnson’s biggest design fails as London mayor

Boris Johnson’s biggest design fails as London mayor


The new mayor of London Boris Johnson. Overheating buses, empty cable cars
and fantasy bridges. Boris Johnson’s legacy,
after eight years as mayor of London, was a string of expensive vanity projects, that ended up costing the
British taxpayer £940m. Now each scheme followed the
same general formula: come up with a one-liner idea that
would make a catchy headline and a great photo opportunity, then find a private sponsor
to pay for it all, in exchange for ample
promotional opportunities. First came the ‘Boris bus’. What better icon of London for
Johnson to stamp his name on? This is the most hi-tech piece of motoring technology I’ve ever seen. The New Routemaster was
billed as a return to the glory days of London Transport,
with a nostalgic retro design that would bring back conductors, as well
as having a “hop on, hop off” back door, and be more environmentally friendly. But the final design, by Thomas Heatherwick,
ended up costing almost twice as much as a standard double-decker and has
suffered from a host of practical problems. In summer the upper deck turns into a mobile
sweatbox, with dodgy air-conditioning, and they’ve proved to be even
more polluting than regular buses. They were finally retrofitted with opening
windows at an extra cost of £2m to the taxpayer. Then came the ‘Boris bikes’. Now the cycle hire scheme was actually
the brainchild of his predecessor, mayor Ken Livingstone, but
that didn’t stop Boris from claiming the idea as his own and promising mountains of cash
in sponsorship in return. In reality, the bikes have cost
the taxpayer around £200m since they were launched, and Transport for London subsidises
the scheme by over £3m a year. This is the Rolls-Royce of bicycles. Not content with conquering the
roads, Johnson aimed for the skies. He’d always had a thing for
dangling from wires, so he concocted a plan for this
novelty cable car ride across the Thames. It was presented as a
“vital transport link” that would be entirely paid for by
private sponsorship from the Emirates airline company. But once again, it didn’t quite
turn out as planned. Thanks to the foresight and
wisdom of Emirates, this is a fantastic deal also
for the taxpayer, folks. Costs ballooned to £60m, making it
the most expensive cable car project in the world, and leaving the public
with an extra £24m bill to pay. And it didn’t prove quite as popular
as Johnson had promised – just two years after it opened, the
cable car was found to have not a single regular user. I think Londoners have been very
frustrated and alarmed over the last few months, to keep reading about money being wasted or
misappropriated even, and I think it’s time that we cleared
that up and showed that we’re going to deliver taxpayer
value from now on. The 2012 Olympic Games provided
another opportunity for Mayor Johnson to adorn the skyline with another
pointless bauble. He was worried that the main stadium might
not have the necessary “wow factor” to enrapture visitors, so he concocted
a plan for a gigantic steel sculpture that would all be paid for by the
steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal. This mutant helter-skelter behind
me was the result, designed by Anish Kapoor – a kind of mangled roller-coaster ride,
without the actual ride. It was intended as a money-making
attraction to pay for the upkeep of the park, but in reality it
ended up costing Londoners £10,000 a week to maintain. In 2016, this slide was added at
the cost of a further £3m, in the hope of attracting more visitors
to come and take the white knuckle ride … It boosted visitor numbers for the
first couple of years, but last year it was back to making
a loss of almost £60,000. Johnson’s wider Olympic legacy hasn’t
quite turned out as he promised either. The Athletes’ Village, which cost
about £1bn to build, was then sold for about half that
amount to the royal family of Qatar. After over £11bn of public money being
spent on the Olympics, the rest of the park was supposed
to provide opportunities for community-led housing initiatives, with half of
all homes classed as affordable. In the end, the plots have been sold
off to the usual volume house builders, and under Boris Johnson only 30%
of homes were affordable. Do you even know the
cost of a pint of milk? About 80p, something like that. No, it’s about 40 something p. I don’t know the price of, how much
a pint of milk costs … so what? Well, don’t you think you should if you’re
concerned about the cost of living? How much is a how much
is a loaf of bread? I’m not standing for election. You are. And then there were the projects
that never even happened. A list of costly fantasies that somehow
saw many more millions of pounds flushed down the drain without
ever being built. There was ‘Boris island’ airport, a bonkers plan to rebuild Crystal Palace and lot of ideas for bridges, most
infamously among them, the Garden Bridge. Absolutely beautiful. I mean, a stunningly beautiful project. A new Garden Bridge. I don’t know quite what the
point of this thing is. This plan for a planted crossing was
dreamt up by his old friend Joanna Lumley, and once again designed by
Thomas Heatherwick. Without any sound business case
that we needed a bridge in this location, £43m of public money was
somehow spent on the project without a single brick had being laid. Ultimately, his record as mayor of London
shows Boris Johnson to be a man concerned with the advancement
of Boris the brand above all else. He’s a man who recklessly blunders
into hastily brokered deals without the slightest concern
for the small print. And when he is finally held to account, he’s already moved on to the next job – and can’t quite remember
why he did any of it. I’ve about as much chance of being reincarnated as an olive. Why would you say that? Politics is nothing if not ambition. What? It’s nothing if not ambition, why couldn’t you think
about being prime minister? You could if you wanted to. Well I suppose I could, I mean, as you’ve already pointed out, I could
be president of the United States. You know, there’s no …
technically speaking.

100 thoughts on “Boris Johnson’s biggest design fails as London mayor

  1. Hell of a lot better than a Knife Angel of death monument representing the destruction by Suicide of Europe.

  2. Trump just likes him cuz he's called Boris. Makes him feel like he's right at home with his core management team.

  3. Sadact khant has more mosques covered why the rats run free ! Boris ask the Queen to set Tommy free ,Qur'an is blatant against You and me

  4. He should have stood trial for defrauding the Taxpayer like a lot of other Tory wasters !!! 😑😑😑😑

  5. If Boris takes us to a hard Brexit, the unity of the UK will simply fail. The Scots will get away, because they want to stay in the EU. The Northern Irish will get away too, because a border on their island would be catastrophic for everybody.
    UK is going to lose 1/3 of the country's surface thanks to the so-called "patriots" who wanted "sovereignty back". How ironic is that ? 🙂

  6. So the guardian's point in this video is that Boris Johnson used tax payer money to fund projects in London for the public.

  7. Love him or loath him, but nobody can deny the fact that Boris has made politics more interesting of late, even my kids who have no interest in politics have been glued to the tv about him.

  8. Borris is a great guy and a few mistakes is far preferreble to a labour mayor and and who cares if he knows the cost of a pint of milk

  9. A very expensive PM and now a very expensive Prime minister , so what do you say about that ?? Isn't it an honor to be likened to Trump ??

  10. Now why have u commies gone ahead and tried to shame our new PM. Have some respect for our leader and report rather give your meant to be "unbias" opinion.

  11. Say what you will about Boris, but when he was Mayor, there was a hell of a lot less stabbings, and crime. You gunna make a video criticising Sadiq Kahn?… I thought not.

  12. From an outsider's perspective, I think he must have done something right or he wouldn't had been re-elected.

  13. That slide is an eyesore to look at, that garden bridge however sounds amazing, gives me vibes of a futuristic society

  14. And what has Sadiq Khan given London? Yep I'll wait… I'm no fan of Boris… But heck there wasn't s much stabbings etc in the city when he was mayor

  15. He's a great PM, he brought the crime rate down substantially to record lows, meanwhile the incumbent Sadiq has raised it to a record high.

  16. I mean it doesn't surprise me that the Olympics cost more than they got out. That's always the case with Olympics

  17. Oh look….the Guardian doesnt like Bojo?
    Wow…what a surprise that a hysterical left wing organisation doesn’t like the Conservative PM?!

    Let the hysteria games begin i guess!

    Livingston DID NOTHING for the bikes.
    But wait, they use it ‘was Red Kens’ idea, but use the ‘expensiveness’ as somehow Boris’s fault….?

    Hmm.

    The lunatic left are in total melt down now, and it is hilarious to watch.
    Please, please keep this one sided, convoluted tripe going Guardian…you are simply making Boris more popular…you know, when he WON TWO Mayorships in a left wing Labour City.

    You, like the lunatic left in America NEVER LEARN do you!

    🤦🏻‍♀️

    He IS OUR PRIME MINISTER whether you like it or not

  18. I’ve had my comment deleted very big of you, all I said was I think it’s funny how we all love people like boris and trump until they run for a leader role then they are evil human beings😂 delete it again but this ain’t a comment to cry over just an observation

  19. What was the knife crime rate under Boris . Was hate crime higher or lower when Boris was mayor i guess lower

  20. So everything he did was wrong? I’m not s Boris supporter but I think the guardian is filled with too much hatred.

  21. Why are people commenting that the Guardian doesn't like Boris? Of course they have an agenda, just like any other news outlet does lol. Stop complaining about it

  22. this should be titled "Biggest Fails Of Any UK Government" lets be honest could do with artical 61 magna carta.

  23. As an architecture student who lives in Stratford and sees the Olympic steel tower from my window. I can say that it grows on you. The red light in the night can be quite beautiful. The expense however is just plain dumb.

  24. industries disapearing and economy ,they say lets buy some bikes and a cable car . LOL they think this is sim city video game?

  25. Labour rag 'journalist'* complains about Tories wasting money and investing badly, you couldn't write it.

    Yet they do.

    * (left-wing activist)

  26. How about a clip titled "The Guardian's biggest fails as journalists", the 48 hour upload time should be worth the wait!

  27. finished listening to something in background. Hear someone chatting absolute drivel. Check out what my new vid is. By the Guardian. Not a shock.

  28. We all thought it couldn’t get worse than Boris, but now Sadiq is here i realise how wrong we were, the knife crime numbers don’t lie!

  29. The olympics have transferred some areas of London, like Stratford, your always going to lose more money than gain in the olympics but the London olympics were the best olympics so far, brilliant preparation in all fairness to him

  30. So Londoners and all british taxpayers must be glad to get bojo out of their system and gone completely, …. but wait a minute!

  31. And what has all of the sponsorship achieved? More people using those forms of transport. Every coin has a tail and a head.

  32. Also the Buses were fixed in 3 months… 😅🤦‍♂️I've been on one in July at 35 degrees 🤷‍♂️

  33. Born in America! YES!!! Please take him from us as the successor to Trump.v We'll pay you. It will save us billions.

  34. Well all i can say is the common wealths in machester near me gave us the beloved etihad stadium aswell as so much and is slowly massively changing the whole area from slums to genuine nice housins estates. Not the profit from the even but its the effect it all leaves on the area and the people.

  35. kinda like a bitter sewing circle of resentful leftists trying to criticize their way into a political discussion theyve already polluted and decided on, but without monty python sketches guiding our guilt or social insecurities as everyone elses. seems the guardians failures to even properly evaluate the robinson yaxley 'punishment', here and now for my updated understanding, are signs that the state sponsored priorities and expectations are on par with demands to 'control' some kind of 'consensus'. lol.

  36. I look forward to your video on the things he did that were successfull.
    I won't hold my breath though. Mainstream journalism is dead.

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